January 31, 2020
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Cancer is a disease that causes cells to divide without stopping, leading to tumor growth and reduced function in the immune system. Many cancers are ultimately fatal if an individual does not receive treatment or if the cancer is incurable.
Cancer diagnosis begins with a thorough physical exam and a complete medical history. Depending on the symptoms, personal and family medical history, the doctors will use a combination of tests to determine whether a person has cancer. Some of these tests include:
Biopsy, involves taking a sample of tissue from a potentially cancerous lesion and sending it to a laboratory.
Imaging Scans; to identify cancerous lesions in the body
Laboratory Testing; involves taking samples of blood, urine, sputum, or other body fluids to check for these compounds.